All eyes on Carey Price as Canadiens stumble into NHL playoffs

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has become the focal point of the fans' angst in Montreal....

Canadiens goaltender Carey Price has become the focal point of the fans' angst in Montreal. (REUTERS)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:14 PM ET

The Montreal Canadiens went from last place in the Eastern Conference in 2011-12 to a playoff spot with home-ice advantage this season.

It was a wonderful reversal for a team that is always going to live in the long shadow of its own rich history – a shadow that grows longer with each season without a Cup, now 20 years and counting – but the mood here as the playoffs draw near is edgy.

The optimism of the club’s 14-4-4 record through the beginning in March had melted like most of the snow as the calendar turned to April and the Habs struggled with a 3-6 record in the games leading up to the final weekend of the regular season.

 


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